Belgian football has become a brand and has reached unprecedented national and international fame. No less than 18 Belgian footballers are regularly in action in the English Premier League. The majority of them also play in the Belgian national squad. Among them is Mousa Dembélé whose contract with Tottenham Hotspur has just been extended until 2019. He has achieved over 60 caps with the Red Devils. Dembélé, who has a Malinese father and a Belgian mother, first moved to London in 2010 to join Fulham FC. Two years later he signed a contract with the north London Club.
An Van Camp has recently taken up the post of Curator of Northern European Art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaelogy in Oxford. Before that she was Curator of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Prints (up to the late 19th century) at The British Museum in London. She recently co-curated the major exhibition ‘Drawing Silver and Gold: from Leonardo to Jasper Johns’ which is on display at The British Museum until 6 December.
Philippe Rixhon is a Belgian entrepreneur at the junction of the arts, business and technology who runs his own London-based company. Before focusing on the arts, Philippe spent twenty years managing successful and innovative projects for major companies in ten countries and worked in the IT domain. He currently publishes and lectures internationally to pass on his expertise to people who intend to launch a business in the arts.
This year saw the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo where the Duke of Wellington and his army celebrated victory over the Emperor Napoleon on 18 June 1815. To mark the occasion, commemorative events were organised in both Belgium and the UK.
It all started with a tweet from Premier Di Rupo to President Obama just before the World Cup Football match between the USA and Belgium. The Belgian Prime Minister promised a supply of Belgian beers if the American team were to win. Likewise, the American Ambassador in London organised a wager with Ambassador Trouveroy. Ambassador Barzun would be cooking and serving American pancakes for the Belgian Embassy staff at the Residence in Belgrave Square if the Belgian team were to beat the US. Ambassador Trouveroy promised a hamper with Belgian delicacies if the American team were to win.
On 12th July, the annual Belgian Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall took place. On this occasion, HRH Prince Laurent, representing the Belgian King, laid a wreath at the monument. The ceremony was also attended by the Belgian Defence Minister and the UK vice-Minister of Defence, various British and Belgian civil and military authorities and veterans as well as detachments from military education establishments.
As part of a series of official visits to European capitals, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited the United Kingdom on 13 March. The couple was accompanied on their day trip by Minister Didier Reynders.